Artist Spotlight: Chris Blake. We’ve adopted him.

Last year on my blog  Music Savvy Mom, I wrote a piece about Chris Blake: “Oddly Awesome” (his words, not mine) Alternative Rock Musician, great Dad (my words) and Seventh Sexiest Man on Twitter . (At least back then. He may have moved up in position on that list – I dunno.) He’s been a buddy ever since, and helped us celebrate the launch of The Music Mamas on Monday.  Since there was such interest in Chris and his music at our rockin’ Twitter Party, I’ve decided to re-run the post here…AND the GIVEAWAY!

Now, a little bird (named Chris) told me that we’re going to have NEW music from him very soon! Stand by for more details the very minute I get them, but in the meantime get all caught up on Chris and his music…and enjoy the SAME giveaway that I ran before! See end of post for details in how to enter. ;)

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So, as I was saying the other day…Twitter truly is a magical place.

I started following this Chris Blake person because of his amusing tweets – especially the ones about ‘his kid’. Now, I defy anyone to argue the point that there’s not much more heartwarming than an Father who clearly loves his child. He does – as is evidenced by gems like:

  1. First words from the kid after I picked him up from school:
  2. “Guess what! I like ants.”
  3. The kid calls big dents in cars “crashes.” Little dents are called “nibbles.”
  4. Taught the kid a new word today. Authorized. As in: You are not authorized to grab a snack.
  5. Very proud of my kindergartener tonight. Goodnight moon.

Too dang cute. Now, all this and here I was – never realizing that he was a musician! (Dude, I can’t know EVERYTHING…)

Then, an article comes out listing him as the SEVENTH SEXIEST GUY ON TWITTER. Of course, I needed to discern for myself the veracity of this statement…(strictly as a marginally professional interweb-journalist, you understand)…

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and (a.) they’re right:

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(2.) he’s GOOD.

So, immediately after I accosted him on Twitter respectfully requested that he be our very first “Artist Spotlight Shuffler” , I started the research. Here’s what I came up with – some of it may or may not be true. You decide:

He grew up in the frigid mountains of Northern Latvia. The son of sheep herders (that’s not a typo. Latvians don’t consider themselves ‘shepherds’. They spell it out.), he once slew a fearsome, sheep gobbling dragon with a tainted jam sandwich while sitting by his Grandmother’s lake. That’s where he gets his Americanized surname: B’Lake. (He dropped the apostrophe.)

He considers the most wonderful thing about being a Father to be the ability to settle and argument with “because”.

His favorite board game as a kid was Stratego. He even loved the commercial: “Strateeeeggooo!”

More importantly…what I’ve discerned for myself is that his music has a POINT. Environmentally aware, socially conscious, paternal, regretful – Chris Blake is a “thinking man’s artist”. He’s one for those of us who want some depth in our entertainment. The emotion he emits and evokes with his songs is palpable because he believes what he’s singing. I can’t get “Party on the Last Iceberg” out of my head, and it’s not only because of the catchy hook and his more than adequate semi-rapping. It’s because he’s RIGHT.

This is an intelligent, stand-up guy who creates beautifully melodic music that makes you feel. The kind of musician I WANT to support, in an industry filled with smoke and mirrors.

And lucky for us, he listens to good music, too! (He gets extra points from me for numbers 1, 5, 6 & 8…demerits for #3.)

Enjoy Chris’s Shuffle below, and the “liner notes” that follow. Great guy that he is, he’s also providing us with two MORE copies of his current CDs as a Giveaway!

Leave a comment here, and include the word WAVE to enter.

For another entry, be sure to follow both @chrisblake and @themusicmamas on Twitter.  Come back and comment again to let us know, natch.

(And, y’know…if you wanted to Tweet about it, too…Chris and I wouldn’t be mad atcha…just sayin!)


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1. Lazy Eye (Silversun Pickups): Quite possibly the best song about lazy eye I’ve ever heard.
2. Let It Be (The Beatles): Amazing how this still reels you in.
3. Rock Me Tonight (Billy Squier): Great song, but impossible to forget that unfortunate music video. I wonder how they pitched it… “Yeah, Billy, first you put on a shirt. Then you rip it. Then you put on another shirt. And all the while you’re dancing like a girl.”
4. Santa Claus is Coming to Town (Four Seasons): WTF? (Ri edit: Couldn’t find this, thank cheeses! I subbed.)
5. Running Scared (Roy Orbison): This song still makes me anxious. Even though I know how it ends, I can’t relax until I hear the very last word that says the guy got the girl.
6. Take the A Train (Duke Ellington): Yes, I buy music based on the Woody Allen movies I see.
7. Videotape (Radiohead): This song can single-handedly bring down your day. Probably because you can’t just listen to it once.
8. The Rat (The Walkmen): Oh I’ve been there, man.
9. Closer to Fine (Indigo Girls): Kinda hard to recall another song that makes you feel this good.
10. The Boy Done Wrong Again (Belle & Sebastian): Boy, do I have some depressing music. After this I’m gonna go back to Closer to Fine…

Go buy the music you love.

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Chris Blake’s CDs ‘Wave’ and ‘Tetris’ available now at iTunes: Chris Blake and Amazon: and we’re giving some away! Comment here and include the word WAVE to enter!

Follow Chris on Twitter , Facebook and MySpace. (and tell him I sent you!)

17 Responses to Artist Spotlight: Chris Blake. We’ve adopted him.
  1. Mari
    July 22, 2010 | 6:35 am

    Anyone who can wax poetic on the the unfortunateness of “Rock Me Tonight” is alright in my book. I’ve had several long conversations on the spectacle of this career-killing video. And I love an artist who can shamelessly appreciate both the highbrow and the low. A big WAVE from Oklahoma to Chris (and to you, Ri). ;)
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  2. HouseofJules
    July 22, 2010 | 7:14 am

    I already read this post on your regular blog after the Twitter party, but I am so glad I re-read this at home before going to work this morning. Licking my computer screen in public can be embarrassing. Trust me on this.

    This will tell you everything you need to know about my feelings on the subject of Chris Blake: He is the captain of my Pillowfight list on Twitter.

    I’d WAVE at all of you except I’m too busy picking the feathers off of my body. ;)
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  3. Brutalism
    July 22, 2010 | 9:31 am

    Love, love, love this site layout! Congratulations on the new site and successful launch!

    • Ri
      July 22, 2010 | 11:00 am

      And you totally meant to say “WAVE”, right? ;)

  4. carma
    July 22, 2010 | 10:22 am

    I’ve been on the Chris Blake train for sometime too; his tweets are witty and genuine. If I saw him in person, I’d WAVE him over for sure.

  5. carma
    July 22, 2010 | 10:23 am

    following both on Twitter (CarmaSez)
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  6. oh_pook
    July 22, 2010 | 5:02 pm

    I already was following themusicmamas on Twitter… (and really, who wouldn’t want to?) then Chris went and brought KoolAid to the party so I had to follow him to find out if he had my favorite discontinued flavours!!!

    *wave* s

    and I shall hear the best song about Lazy Eye live and for free Saturday… be jealous *snerk*

  7. Brittani Franco
    July 28, 2010 | 11:12 am

    I’ve been listening to and following Chris on Twitter for a while now. His quirky humor, stories of him and his son, and his brilliant music brings a WAVE of delight to my day, most certainly. :)

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